Mr Carswell defected to Ukip from Cameron’s Conservatives in 2014
Mr Carswell defected to Ukip from Cameron’s Conservatives in 2014, sending political shockwaves through the nation’s leading party.
But after leaving the party to stand as an independent, Mr Carswell has claimed he was working against Ukip the whole time.
He said: “Leaving the European Union has consistently been the lone star around which everything has orbited.
“I wanted Britain to leave the European Union.
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“I correctly understood that in order to force David Cameron into giving us a referendum, it was necessary to join Ukip — to make sure the right people ran the right sort of campaign.
“It was essential to make sure that Ukip didn’t run the referendum campaign and there are obviously going to be people in Ukip who are going to be cross about that.
“But I’m not — we won the referendum.”
The MP for Clacton is yet to confirm where he will go next politically – claiming he will not run as either a Conservative or independent candidate in the next election.
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he MP for Clacton is yet to confirm where he will go next politically
Mr Carswell, who had frequent fallings out with Nigel Farage, including a rift over his alleged involvement in blocking a peerage for the former-party leader, repeatedly referred to his ex-boss as “Sir Nigel” in his interview with the Evening Standard.
He went on to claim he doesn’t “really think about“ his critics – after invoking the ire of party bigwigs Paul Nuttall and Aaron Banks.
He added: “Let me put it this way, we’ve won.
“Why the grumpiness, why the anger? I’m pleased as punch.”
Carswell joined Ukip to force David Cameron to run a referendum campaign
“Can I tell you a little secret? I don’t really think about it.
“We’re out of the European Union. Ever since June 23 I walk to work with a spring in my step.
“If there are some people who are grumpy, I’m sorry, I don’t really think about them.”